Pet Waste BrochureHere's the scoop... pick up after your pet. If you fail to clean up after your pet, stormwater can carry waste into rivers, lakes and streams. It can create a health hazard for people and can "doo" a lot of damage to the environment.
Landscape Irrigation Watering GuideThis brochure outlines water saving devices and tips specific to Georgia's climate and landscape.
Is Your Yard As Green As You Think It Is? BrochureThe excessive use of fertilizers, improper disposal of leaves and yard clippings, overuse of pesticides/herbicides and over-watering can result in the polluting of Georgia's streams, rivers and lakes. This brochure contains tips residents to keep pollutants from entering streams.
Household Hazardous Waste BrochureHow you dispose of everyday household products can impact water quality as well as your health.
Menu for a Cleaner and Healthier Environment: A Water Pollution Prevention Guide for the Food Service IndustryFood residue, detergents, grease and trash left outside or poured in a storm drain are picked up by rainwater and carried to the nearest stream as polluted stormwater runoff. By following the tips below, you can be part of the solution to water pollution!
Pollution Prevention Tips for Septic SystemsBy following a few simple tips, you can maintain your septic system to maximize its efficiency, reduce problems and potential expenses and help to protect our waterways!
Get Pumped on Septic! Door HangerLearn how to properly maintain your septic system and prevent water pollution.
FOG Door HangerThis door hanger lays out the basics of FOG (fats, oils and grease): What, How, Where, and what you can do to help.
Putting the Brakes on Water Pollution: DIY Auto Care (Spanish)It's important to keep your vehicle in tip top shape and always follow proper maintenance and wash practices to help protect our waters (Es muy importante mantener su vehículo en buen estado y seguir siempre el mantenimiento adecuado para ayudar a proteger nuestras aguas.)
New Construction Irrigation DoorhangerNewly constructed homes may have irrigation systemes that use automatic settings to help establish turfgrass and landscaping. Once lawns are established, using an irrigation system's automatic settings can lead to overwatering.
Your Toilet Is Not A TrashcanJust because you can flush something down the toilet doesn’t mean that you should. Put trash in its place by throwing it in the trash can, and never flush it down your toilet.
Water-Wise Landscape Guide for the Georgia PiedmontDo you want a landscape that is beautiful, saves you time, effort and money and uses less water? If you do, a water-wise landscape is for you. Water-wise landscapes are designed, organized,and maintained by practices that use water strategically and wisely.
My Drop Counts Water Conservation TipsWater conservation tips for your bathroom, kitchen, around the house and yard.
Maintenance Guide for Landscape Irrigation SystemsA well-maintained landscape irrigation system helps make a water-efficient irrigation system. The Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District has prepared this guide for maintaining your irrigation system.
DIY Household Water AssessmentIs your house as water-efficient as it can be? This do-it-yourself household water use assessment will help you understand how much water you use, identify leaks and show you ways to reduce your water use. It will help you conserve water and save money at the same time!
When it Rains, It Pollutes!Stormwater pollution is the leading threat to our water quality. Be the solution to stormwater pollution!
Pollution Prevention Tips for Pools and SpasDo your part to protect our rivers, lakes and streams by following these tips when draining and caring for your pool and spa.
Illicit Discharge and Illegal Connection Model OrdinanceAn illicit discharge refers to any non-stormwater discharge into a municipal or county stormwater drainage system, excluding permitted discharges and non-polluting flows. These discharges result from illegal dumping or unauthorized connections to the drainage system. Learn how this model ordinance empowers communities to address illicit discharges and outlines enforcement measures against noncompliant individuals or entities obstructing facility access.
Stream Buffer Protection Model OrdinanceLearn how this model ordinance provides a framework for local governments to develop buffer zones for streams, as well as the requirements that minimize land development within those buffers. It is the purpose of these buffer zone requirements to protect and stabilize stream banks, protect water quality and preserve aquatic and riparian habitat.
Litter Control Model OrdinanceLitter found throughout our community often finds its way into our streams, rivers and lakes and detracts from our quality of life. Pollutants carried into our streams, rivers, and lakes by litter, diminish the quality of our water and its aquatic resources. Litter control ordinances provide a prohibition against littering and provide an enforcement mechanism with penalties for dealing with those found littering.
Floodplain Management and Floodplain Damage Prevention Model OrdinanceFloodplain management involves the designation of flood-prone areas and the managing of their uses. Learn how this ordinance requires that a local government regulate development in the floodplains that will be expected with future land-use conditions, which are based upon the community’s adopted future land use map, zoning, or watershed study projections.
Water Waste Policy or OrdinanceSample language and general guidance to assist local governments and water providers in creating a water waste policy.
Septic Coordination MaterialsThis document acts as a guide to facilitate interdepartmental septic coordination meetings as required in INTEGRATED-1 Coordinated Actions of the District’s plan.
Stormwater Coordination Meeting MaterialsThis document acts as a guide to facilitate interdepartmental stormwater coordination meetings as required in INTEGRATED-1 Coordinated Actions of the District’s plan.
Water Supply Coordination MeetingThis document acts as a guide to facilitate meetings between various entities as it relates to water supply and water conservation projects as required in INTEGRATED-1 Coordinated Actions of the District’s plan.
Primer for Municipal Wastewater Treatment SystemsFrom the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
Additional Buffers in Small Water Supply WatershedsTechnical Assistance for implementing the additional stream buffer and setback requirements for small water supply watershed protection action item integrated-7 in the district’s 2022 Water Resources Management Plan.
Municipal Emergency Aid ProceduresEmergency aid procedures for the disposal of septic waste.
Local Plant Hours/Contacts for HaulersContacts for haulers.
List Of Septic Tank Pumpers Certified By The Department Of Public HealthEnvironmental Health prevention through surveillance, education, enforcement, and assessment.
Private Fire Lines MeteringModel language in Attachment A that local water providers may want to consider using for compliance with WSWC-4
Single-Family Toilet Rebate ProgramApply for a $75 rebate per toilet after replacing inefficient toilets with Ultra High Efficient (UHET) models using 1.1 gpf or less.
Multi-Family Toilet Rebate ProgramMulti-family property owners or building managers can receive a $75 rebate credit per toilet for replacing old inefficient toilets with Ultra High Efficient (UHET) models using 1.1 gpf or less.
Metro Water District-Water Efficiency Code RequirementsAmendment to local code of ordinances.
New Car Washes to Recycle WaterThis model ordinance requires new commercial conveyor car washes permitted and constructed after January 1, 2011 to install recycled water systems.
Local Drought Response and Water WasteModel ordinance/policy on local drought response and water waste.
Georgia Water System Audits and Water Loss Control Manual
AWWA Water Loss ControlAWWA advocates the water audit method developed jointly by the International Water Association and AWWA. Learn more.
Southeastern F.O.G. AllianceThe Southeastern F.O.G Alliance is a not-for-profit organization that helps provide education and training for Fats, Oils and Grease professionals all across the Southeastern Part of the United States.
Post-Construction Stormwater ManagementThis document provides the 2019 Model Ordinance for Post-Construction Stormwater Management for New Development and Redevelopment (Model Ordinance) and supplementary materials to support adoption by local jurisdictions.
Policy on Practicability Analysis for Runoff ReductionRunoff reduction practices are stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs) used to disconnect impervious and disturbed pervious surfaces from the storm drainage system. Learn more.
Georgia Stormwater Management Manual: Technical HandbookThe objective of the Georgia Stormwater Management Manual is to provide guidance on the best post-construction stormwater management practices available to Georgia communities to minimize the negative impacts of increasing stormwater runoff and its associated pollutants.
Proprietary Technology Assessment Protocol
Floodplain Management and Floodplain Damage PreventionFloodplain management involves the designation of flood-prone areas and the managing of their uses. Read more about the ordinance.
Stream Buffer Protection OrdinanceThis model ordinance provides a framework for local governments to develop buffer zones for streams, as well as the requirements that minimize land development within those buffers.
Illicit Discharge and Illegal Connection OrdinanceThis model ordinance provides communities with the authority to deal with illicit discharges and establishes enforcement actions for those persons or entities found to be in noncompliance or that refuse to allow access to their facilities.
Georgia Stormwater Management Manual: Pollution Prevention GuidebookThe objective of the Georgia Stormwater Management Manual is to provide guidance on addressing stormwater runoff.
Litter Control OrdinanceThis ordinance is modeled on the “Georgia Litter Control Law” (O.C.G.A. § 16-7-40 et. seq.) and adoption of this ordinance is authorized by O.C.G.A. § 16-7-48. Learn more.
Education & Awareness
Education Materials Distribution PolicyRead our guidelines on the provision of printed materials to various requesters throughout the year.
Education & Public Awareness Material Request FormThe Metro Water District strives to produce high-quality educational resources on topics related to water conservation, stormwater management, and watershed protection. Below is a catalog of our resources. Orders for materials can be placed using this form.
PCSTAP Submittal ChecklistBlank Metro Georgia PCSTAP checklist.
Efficiency Code FAQs
District Guidance About Embedded Post-Construction Stormwater PracticesThe District's clarifying technical memorandum providing guidance to local jurisdictions regarding stormwater management system designs that embed post-construction stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs) within each other.
Appendix A: River Basin ProfilesAppendix A: River Basin Profiles (Full PDF version) includes:
Overview of District Watersheds
Watershed Planning Elements
Upper Chattahoochee RBP
Middle Chattahoochee RBP
Upper Ocmulgee RBP
Upper Flint RBP
Etowah RBP
Coosawattee RBP
Oostanaula RBP
Upper Oconee RBP
Upper Tallapoosa RBP
Appendix B: County-Level SummariesAppendix B outlines the anticipated schedule for expanding hydraulic capacity and building new water and wastewater treatment facilities in the Metro Water District to meet 2040 forecasted demands.
Appendix C: Local Public Education Programs: Activities, Key Education Focus Areas and Target AudiencesAppendix C describes the role of public education programs in supporting the implementation of this Plan.
2022 Water Resources Management PlanThe Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District’s Water Resources Management Plan brings together water supply and conservation, wastewater management, and watershed management into a single, integrated document.
Digital River Basin ProfilesAn interactive tool for exploring the watersheds within the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District.